Copyright, "All rights reserved, 2014 My intention with this blog is to look at some of the basic underlying assumptions that are part of a secular psychiatry which includes bias against the supernatural, whether it be God or Satan. . The more a culture rejects Jesus Christ, the more demon possession will abound in that culture.
My assumption is that the more a culture gets away from God, the more persons in that country will practice witchcraft and there will be more occurrences of demon possession.
But the flip side of this is a culture that does not honor Scripture will often deny the existence of demons or God. Demonic doctrine is organized and extensive. But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons (1 Timothy 4:1 ). This anti-super naturalism was true in the Soviet Union before Glasnost. The authorities sent evangelical pastors to psychiatric hospitals and atheistic psychiatrists prescribed them medications that normally are used for the treatment of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. The Atheistic politico in Soviet Union do not believe there is a God or anything that is supernatural. Therefore, they believed the pastors were insane and deluded and required psychiatric intervention.
I have also read and pieced together that this bias against the supernatural and more specifically against the work of the Holy Spirit in revival and conversion was part of the psychiatric treatment practiced by the mad doctors of the 18th century England. These psychiatrists actually petitioned the court to hospitalize, the despised Wesleyans because they had ecstatic utterances and feelings. Some of these evangelicals were put in the infamous Bedlam, which was actually Bethlehem Royal Hospital.
A Secular psychiatrist mocked me
When I was in a depressive state I enlisted a well know psychiatrist in the Wilkes/Barre, Pennsylvania area to rid me of my depression. This was in 1986. At that time some psychiatrists were calling the medicine used for depression as "poison". But I had researched the issue and knew that calling them poison was not reasonable or right to do.
One of the psychiatrists from whom I sought treatment from mocked me because I was an evangelical Christian. He said that John the Baptist suffered from psychosis and depression. I took the reference of psychosis to refer to a passage which involved John and Jesus at the baptism of Jesus; The text says: But Jesus answering said to him, permit it at this time ; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he permitted Him. After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water ; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased)" Matthew 18:15-17).
This was no hallucination that John was experiencing.Those who do not understand the giving of the Spirit without measure conclude that John was not in his right mind. However Jesus Christ had asked John to baptize Him and was fully aware of the Holy Spirit of God was in a extraordinary manner was given the Spirit.He also chided me saying, "I thought Christians were suppose to have the joy of the Lord and did not need medication." To be fair not all secular psychiatrists act in this way when dealing with born again believers. But he did and I found him to be obnoxious and arrogant.
Often Christians will accuse those who have bipolar disorder or schizophrenia of being demon possessed; But there is a difference between them and some similarities.
I would argue for a pastoral theology which is balanced and analytical.